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Discover the natural beauties of Whangarei in a car rental

Tired of crowded buildings and never-ending traffic? Visit the beautiful quiet town of Whangarei, located on the North Island of New Zealand and approximately 2 hours car drive north of Auckland. We can help you book a hire car to get there, or even when you're already there.

Visit the famous tourist spots all over Whangarei. Explore nature to its fullest as you walk through Mount Parihaka reserves. Take pictures and enjoy a dip on Hatea River or take a boat ride and visit Matakohe/Limestone Island. After a hard day of adventure, it's always nice to enjoy the comfort of your car hire as you travel to your next destination.

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Bream Head Coast Walks

01_location.png395 Ody Road RD4 Whangarei 0174, New Zealand

Beach Walk Tours NZ

Bream Head Coast Walks offers two or three-day private unguided walk situated at Whangarei Heads and encompasses private farmland, stunning ocean and harbour beaches, rural roads, recreational reserves and existing public walkways. Walkers start each day from the immaculately purpose-built lodge and walk along well-marked routes experiencing an amazing variety of landscapes.  At the end of the day they return by foot, or in one of the vehicles, for a hot shower and a delicious dinner which is ready with a minimum of effort - everything is pre-prepared by the company.

By day enjoy beautiful and dramatic scenery, by night listen to the moreporks and kiwi, Whangarei Heads is a nature lover's delight.  Bream Head Coast Walks offers a fantastic variety of walking options to suit all interests and fitness levels.

Kiwi North & Whangarei Museum

01_location.png500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei Northland

Whangarei Museum

Take a breather with Kiwi North, something for everyone in one very special place! Kiwi North is one of the “must see” visitor attractions of Northland with 25 hectares of volcanic farmlands and forests where the Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park are hosted. Kiwi House displays NZ's iconic kiwi bird -- this is the only captive kiwi viewing in Northland. Also, Whangarei Museum has extensive collections and special exhibitions, all set in a beautiful park with an original early settler homestead and other historic Victorian buildings.

It's the perfect spot for city views and do a picnic with family and friends.  Snacks and soft drinks are offered at the visitor reception.  If you are getting to the area by campervan and you are a NZMA member, campervan sites are available. Kiwi North organizes special and fun events for the public which include vintage machinery exhibitions, stalls, Edwardian games, among others. Open daily 10am to 4pm, closed 24th & 25th December only.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens 

01_location.png37a Russell Road, Kensington, Whangarei

Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical garden oasis created by local volunteers among the remnants of a former stone quarry in the Pukenui/Western Hills district of our city. The 24 hectare site features numerous tropical, subtropical and arid gardens, native forest trails, numerous waterfalls, a lake, a picnic area, and a plethora of native and exotic flora and fauna.  

After 18 years of hard work developing the Gardens, the WQG Trust will soon open a new Visitors Centre & Cafe on the grounds (Spring 2015). This facility (designed by award-winning HB Architecture) will allow this community-led project to accommodate large groups of visitors as well host catered events within the Gardens. Entry to the Gardens is by voluntary donation, with all money collected going towards maintenance and development.

01_location.pngPoor Knights Islands

Poor Knights Islands New Zealand

The coast of New Zealand is a playground for travelers and locals alike, with so much to offer: whale and dolphin watching, fishing, jet boating, sailing, diving and more. Jet your hire car just up the coast of Whangarei where the Island of Poor Knights is situated. It's a protected Marine Park that has become a popular destination for a unique and memorable experience in the North Island. It has an abundance of sea life, due to the water around it being protected from all fishing and removal of any shells or coral. Rainbow coloured fish and coral will be there to greet you as you enter an octopus's garden, a breathtaking experience you will never forget. Find a pearl of a car hire deal with the car rental pirates VroomVroomVroom... Yarrrrr, mateys!!!

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Tipu Waterfront Accomodation

01_location.png41 North Cove Lane Waipu

If you need a break away from the bustle of the city, Tipu is the perfect waterfront luxury accommodation. Providing tranquility on the shores of on the shores of the Waipu Cove Wildlife Reserve in Bream Bay, Tipu has a contemporary infrastructure, offering designer units with a separate bedroom and kitchenette. All amenities and towels are included. You can also enjoy their continental breakfast on a deck overlooking the lake & stunning landscape.  Among the activities you can do there are kayaking, fishing and surfing options. The historic city of Waipu is only a 5-minute drive away, where you can find restaurants and cafes. 

BK's Pohutukawa Lodge

01_location.png362 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei, New Zealand 0121

Accomodation Whangarei

BK's Pohutukawa Lodge is a well-situated and comfortable motel accommodation located in the heart of Whangarei, which makes it an ideal stay for families or business travellers.  It is close by to many tourist and natural attractions such as Whangarei Falls, restaurants, museums, art galleries and shops. The lodge offers studios with kitchenette and one or two bedroom units. The services include free wireless internet, optional delivery meals and continental breakfast. 

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park

01_location.png21 Ruakaka Beach Road, Ruakaka, NZ

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park is situated right next to the Ruakaka Beach, 30km south east of Whangarei. This camp is one of the largest ones in New Zealand, offering 225 power sites and 75 tent sites as well as cabins. Ruakaka and Bream Bay are perfect for surfing, kite-sailing, fishing, walking and many other exciting outdoor activities to enjoy while camping. The holiday park also offers a tennis court and playground for families with children. You will also find local markets in Rukaka township and you can visit Waipu Caves and the historic town of  Waipu  within 10 minutes drive south.

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Tonic Restaurant

01_location.png239 Kamo Road Whangarei

Whangarei restaurants

Tonic restaurant offers amazing a la carte and international cuisine, which includes hot smoked salmon and Toffee Creme Brulee. This nationally awarded restaurant features an intimate atmosphere and provides a excellent dining experience. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance. The restaurant opens daily from 6pm till late. Lunch is served Thursday and Friday only from 11:30am to 2pm.

Parua Bay Tavern

01_location.png1034 Whangarei Heads Road Parua Bay 0174

Whangarei Pub

Parua Bay Tavern is the Northland's best gastro pub, situated on the waterfront of Whangarei Heads harbour. Try its classic menu which includes rustic pizzas, fresh sea food dishes, fish and chips, steak, burger and the famous Monteith Pie.

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